Bourne Deeping Hockey Club’s 1st and 2nd teams confirmed their promotions at the weekend.
The Dragons beat City of Peterborough 4th XI 4-1 to secure second spot in the East league’s 2N Division.
The only obstacle to BDHC’s second successive promotion appears to be an appeal over an illegible player but that fear seems to have been unnecessary as the league’s official table had Bourne Deeping listed as promoted this week.
Nick Brocklehurst scored twice on Saturday with Chris Clarkson and skipper Alex Glover also on target against a side that have avoided relegation by the skin of the teeth.
The Dragons were quickly into their rhythm and struck first following great work from Brocklehurst who ghosted past defenders before crossing for Clarkson to slot the ball past the goalkeeper.
Based on the form book, the floodgates should have opened but BDHC were stunned by a leveller just minutes later.
Peterborough’s attacker was allowed the freedom of the Dragons’ area to fire the ball into the corner of the goal much to the disgust of Bourne goalkeeper James Page.
The next goal was controversial. After a melee in the Peterborough D, the umpire awarded a flick just as Brocklehurst slammed the ball home.
The umpire decided to allow the goal to stand but, feeling hard done by, the City side’s players lost their heads and received two yellow cards for dissent.
With an extra man, BDHC put the Peterborough goal under siege. A number of short corners were wasted with the best chance falling to Clarkson who did the hard work, rounding the goalkeeper, but failed to hit the target.
Minutes later Brocklehurst showed how it should be done, rounding the goalkeeper and smashing the ball home with a reverse stick shot.
The second half was a relatively timid affair. Bourne Deeping never really got out of second gear but a fourth goal eventually came from Alex Glover who thoroughly deserved his goal which came from a slick short corner routine.
The Dragons travel to Dereham tomorrow for their final league game of the season.
BDHC: James Page, Matt Clarkson, Andy Briault, Phil Arnold, Peter Jeffery, Chris Clarkson, Andy Kind, Alex Glover, Ben Slack, Nick Brocklehurst, Henry Winfield-Chislett, Josh Oakley, James Meadows.
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